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The Impossible Zoo

The Impossible Zoo

‘Leo Ruickbie’s impeccably-written The Impossible Zoo is a menagerie like no other, as its exotic inhabitants are fabulous in every sense of the word. So for anyone who has ever wished that dragons and unicorns were real, for anyone who believes that they are, and for anyone who peruses bestiaries with unbridled joy, this magical, mystical, and truly memorable book is definitely for you – and for me!’

Dr Karl Shuker, author of A Manifestation of Monsters

HERE BE DRAGONS!

Here you will find the things that once made the woods wild and the nights to be feared; that made ancient map-makers write, ‘Here be Dragons’.

The Impossible Zoo is a biology of the supernatural – a study of the life of things that never lived. This world of mermaids and unicorns, now confined to fantasy, but once believed to exist, is a world of the imagination that still affects us today.

Wonderfully illustrated throughout, it also provides sources as a guide to further study and exploration.
‘For anyone who has ever wished that dragons and unicorns were real, this magical, mystical and truly memorable book is definitely for you – and for me!’
Dr Karl Shuker, author of A Manifestation of Monsters

‘Ruickbie’s level of scholarship is impressive and he presents his conclusions with great literary skill in readable and attractive prose. The results are truly fascinating. Very highly recommended.’
Revd Lionel Fanthorpe, FRSA, author and President of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena
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Genre: Society & Social Sciences / Society & Culture: General / Popular Beliefs & Controversial Knowledge / Folklore, Myths & Legends

On Sale: 8th September 2016

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9781472136459

Reviews

Leo Ruickbie's impeccably-written The Impossible Zoo is a menagerie like no other, as its exotic inhabitants are fabulous in every sense of the word. So for anyone who has ever wished that dragons and unicorns were real, for anyone who believes that they are, and for anyone who peruses bestiaries with unbridled joy, this magical, mystical, and truly memorable book is definitely for you ­- and for me!
Dr Karl Shuker, author of A Manifestation of Monsters
Ruickbie's truly outstanding writing has three major sources: his impressive level of scholarship; his determination to seek out strange and mysterious phenomena and pursue them relentlessly, objectively and scientifically; and his great literary skill in presenting his conclusions in readable and attractive prose. In The Impossible Zoo these three factors are clearly present. He is concerned here with what he, himself, describes and defines as parazoology - clearly distinct from cryptozoology. The latter focuses on hidden animal forms: Ruickbie's parazoology focuses on creatures that are beyond the range of normal zoology. He explains parazoology with great lucidity as the biology of the supernatural, the study of the lives of things that never existed - a study that takes in, for example, mermaids and unicorns. His parazoological specimens were once believed to exist, and they exist now in the world of imagination - a world that can still have profound effects on contemporary life. Ruickbie's great achievement is to round up these strange beasts and confine them in his Impossible Zoo. The results of his work are truly fascinating and his detailed analysis and descriptions of his multitudinous parazoological specimens are enthralling. I give The Impossible Zoo a very high recommendation indeed.
Revd Lionel Fanthorpe, FRSA, author and President of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena